Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for family & friends?
Or looking for a great starter to contribute to a meal you have been invited to?
Perhaps you have decided to go stress free this weekend & want a restaurant with an authentic fall harvest menu – whatever your plans, our Butternut Squash & Apple Soup is a Thanksgiving must!
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup Recipe
To cube the squash, peel it, cut it in half, remove the seeds and then cut it into chunks. Use vegetable stock to make this vegetarian.
2 Tbs. olive oil
3 large sweet Vidalia onions, chopped
2.5 Tbs. sweet curry powder
2 large butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cut into cubes
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 (12 oz.) bottle hard cider, or 1.5 c. apple cider or apple juice
5 c. low-sodium chicken stock, preferably homemade
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Oil for frying
- Sweat onions and vegetables. Heat butter and oil over low heat in a large stockpot. Add the onions and cook over low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the butternut squash, apples, and curry powder to the onions and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add liquid and simmer. Add the hard cider and chicken stock to the pot until the vegetables are covered with liquid. Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the veggies are very soft.
- Puree, season and serve. Puree the soup with a hand blender or in a food blender or food mill. Return soup to pot and season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, which gives this sweet soup a nice spicy aftertaste.
- Make crispy sage leaves for garnish, if desired. Heat a little oil in a small sauce or sauté pan. When the oil is hot, dip or lay the sage leaves in the oil, turning them if necessary, and fry until crispy, about 5-10 seconds.
Your Vancouver Farmer’s Markets are a great place to pick up local, organic ingredients http://www.eatlocal.org/
Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.